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Inside the IB: Grade 5 Exhibition Project

A Journey of Discovery and Growth

In Lower School at the International School of Indiana (ISI), every student participates in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP is renowned for its focus on developing inquisitive, knowledgeable, and caring young individuals who are prepared to make a meaningful impact on the world. At the heart of the PYP lies the Grade 5 Exhibition Project, a capstone experience that brings together student learning through their time at the Lower School. This comprehensive project is not only an opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning but also a celebration of their growth and potential.

What is the Grade 5 Exhibition?

The Grade 5 Exhibition is a significant milestone for students in the IB PYP. It represents a culmination of their learning journey through the primary years and is designed to be a collaborative, inquiry-based project that allows students to explore real-world issues and topics of personal interest. The exhibition requires students to apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they have learned throughout the PYP to deeply investigate a chosen topic and present their findings to the school community. Students work in groups across all 3 language tracks, along with a staff team, including a project mentor, English advisor, and teacher advisor. 

Objectives of the Exhibition

The primary objectives of the Grade 5 Exhibition are to:

  • Synthesize Learning: Students integrate their understanding across various subject areas, demonstrating how they can apply their knowledge in a cohesive and meaningful way.
  • Promote Inquiry: Encouraging students to engage in in-depth research and critical thinking about chosen topics that interest them.
  • Develop Key Skills: The project helps students hone essential skills such as research, communication, self-management, and social skills.
  • Foster Collaboration: Working in groups fosters teamwork, problem-solving, and the ability to appreciate different perspectives.
  • Reflect IB Values: The exhibition embodies the IB learner profile attributes, such as being knowledgeable, caring, and reflective.

The Process

The Grade 5 Exhibition is a carefully structured process that spans eight weeks, allowing students plenty of time to delve into their chosen topics. Here’s a step-by-step look at how the process typically unfolds:

  1. Choosing a Topic: Students begin by identifying issues or topics they are passionate about. This choice is often guided by their interests, curiosity, and a desire to make a positive impact.
  2. Developing Inquiry Questions: Each group formulates specific inquiry questions to guide their research. These questions are designed to be open-ended and thought-provoking, encouraging deep exploration.
  3. Conducting Research: Students engage in extensive research using a variety of sources such as books, interviews, first-hand experiences, online databases, and field trips. This phase emphasizes critical thinking and information literacy.
  4. Taking Action: A unique aspect of the PYP Exhibition is the emphasis on authentic action. Students are encouraged to take meaningful action based on their findings, whether it’s raising awareness, initiating a campaign, or creating a solution to a problem.
  5. Creating the Presentation: The culmination of the project is the creation of a presentation that showcases their learning journey. This presentation can take various forms, including posters, models, digital presentations, performances, or videos.
  6. Sharing with the Community: Finally, students present their projects to the school community, including peers, teachers, and parents. This is a moment of pride and accomplishment, highlighting the students’ hard work and dedication.

The Impact

The Grade 5 Exhibition has a profound impact on students, fostering a sense of responsibility, agency, and confidence. It empowers them to think critically about the world around them and take meaningful actions to address real-world issues. Moreover, it prepares them for the next stage of their educational journey, equipping them with the skills and mindset necessary for lifelong learning. It gives students confidence as they say goodbye to the PYP and Lower School and prepare for the transition to the Middle Years Programme and Middle School. 

The IB Grade 5 Exhibition is more than just a project; it’s an experience that encapsulates the spirit of the IB PYP. As students embark on this journey of discovery and growth, they not only demonstrate their learning but also their potential to make a difference in the world. The Exhibition is a testament to the power of inquiry-based learning and the remarkable capabilities of young learners.

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